Vyabhicāra

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vyabhicara, VyabhicAra, Vyabhicaara


Vyabhicāra literally means ‘transgression’.

In general it means an evil act and in particular, adultery. The dharmaśāstras prescribe various kinds of punishment like amputation or even death.

Logically, it means fallacy. If an effect is denied even though the cause exists, if an effect is accepted to exist in spite of the fact that the cause does not, it becomes the fallacy of vyabhicāra.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore


By Swami Harshananda


Vyādhi literally means ‘disease’.

Āyurveda or the science of health and longevity, categorizes vyādhi or roga[1] into four groups:

  1. Āgantuka - coming from external sources or accidents
  2. Śārīra - arising in the body due to the disturbance of the balance of the three humors viz., kapha, vāta and pitta
  3. Mānasa - of the mind, due to jealousy, anger, lust and so on
  4. Svābhāvika - natural due to hunger, thirst, old age, sleep etc.

These diseases may be caused by faulty living as also by the karma of the previous lives.


References

  1. Roga means disease.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore